Jackson, Tennessee, Personal Injury & Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Protect yourself from a pedestrian accident this summer

With the summer months right around the corner, you may find yourself spending more time outdoors in Tennessee. From riding your bicycle to walking to and from work, it's enjoyable to spend time in the fresh air.

However, you don't want to enjoy yourself so much that you overlook your safety. There are many steps you can take to protect yourself from a pedestrian accident this summer, such as the following:

  • Obey all signs and signals: For example, if a "don't walk" signal appears at an intersection, stay where you are until it changes.
  • Use marked crosswalks: Not only does this ensure that you're crossing in a safe place, but it gives drivers extra warning that pedestrians may be on the road.
  • Never dart into traffic: Even if you're in a hurry, stay on the sidewalk until it's safe to cross the street.

Fatal crash caused by drunk driver could be wrongful death case

Traveling the highways throughout the nation is often challenging enough based on congestion and roadwork. Add in the possibility that impaired drivers may be traveling along these same roads and the level of danger increases substantially. Sadly, when an impaired driver causes the death of an innocent Tennessee victim, surviving family may have recourse for justice through a wrongful death civil suit.

Recently, Tennessee officials were called to the scene of a fatal collision. The report indicated that a motorist in a pickup truck was traveling down I-24 when his vehicle spun out of his control and collided with a roadside barrier. Another driver was forced to take evasive action to avoid striking the wreck vehicle. Unfortunately, the 51-year-old man was unable to safely navigate around the crash scene. His vehicle lost contact with the roadway, causing him to smash into a roadside pole.

Why is workers' compensation better than standard insurance?

Many people who work in Tennessee also carry their own health insurance. Some people are lucky enough to receive employer sponsored health benefits, while others pay for their entire premium out of pocket. Regardless of whether you pay your own insurance or your employer does, you shouldn't turn to that insurance if you wind up sick or hurt because of your job.

Tennessee employees who suffer injuries or develop an illness because of their work have the legal right to receive workers' compensation benefits. These benefits include health coverage specific to the workplace injury or work-related illness.

Understanding the basics of Tennessee's workers' compensation

The goal of every employee is to accomplish their duties in a safe and timely fashion in exchange for the agreed-upon compensation. Unfortunately, in spite of safety precautions, the fact is that an accident could be just around the corner. If an employee does suffer a work injury, it is helpful to understand the basics of Tennessee's workers' compensation program.

According to Tennessee's employment laws, every employer who is not affiliated with either state or federal government and employs five or more workers is required to purchase workers' compensation insurance. This ensures that workers who are injured will have access to benefits. Any worker who is injured is required to report the incident to an employer within 30 days. Once reported, the employer is required to notify the insurance provider within 24 hours. 

Car accidents continue to take a toll on Tennessee highways

Whether one is a resident of Tennessee or simply traveling through the state to another destination, it is important to remain vigilant behind the wheel. Unfortunately, car accidents continue to take a toll on victims and their families on a daily basis. One recent crash killed a resident and an out-of-state traveler along a stretch of local highway.

Tennessee State Police responded to the scene of a crash that occurred along State Highway 28 just before 4 p.m. on a recent weekday. The accident report stated that a 2016 model pickup truck was towing a camper in the southbound lane of the highway. At the same time, an older model pickup was traveling in the northbound lanes. For reasons that are yet unclear, the driver of the second truck veered over and into the path of oncoming traffic. 

What happens when a work injury requires corrective surgery?

Most workplace accidents result in only minor injuries to the people involved. Bruises, scrapes and similar injuries won't require outside medical intervention or a leave of absence from work. While employers have to keep a record of even the smallest injury, it's unlikely there will be any kind of workers' compensation claim related to minor injuries or incidents.

Some people who get hurt at work suffer severe injuries. Whether the injury involves a fracture, soft tissue injuries or even the loss of an extremity, expert medical care and ongoing treatment could become necessary. More serious injuries will typically result in both an incident report and a workers' compensation claim.

Car accidents can take a terrible toll on family and community

One of the sadder truths in life is that there are no promises of tomorrow. In reality, in spite of experience and careful consideration while behind the wheel, the actions of other motorists can lead to tragic car accidents that leave not just family, but also a community, in mourning. One such accident in Tennessee has taken the life of a dedicated police officer.

Shortly after midnight, an officer had just completed his shift and was likely headed home. While stopped at an intersection, his vehicle was struck from behind by a larger SUV. The impact caused the officer's car to overturn and slide across the roadway, killing him. A witness stated that the second driver was traveling at a high rate of speed before the collision. The motorist left his vehicle on foot and crossed the road to a nearby gas station.

A brain injury can make you into a different person

It's no secret that serious injuries in car accidents can present you with an uphill battle toward recovery, no matter how you get injured. However, many people still feel fundamentally the same after the crash. They just want to overcome the physical limitations and get healthy again.

With a brain injury, though, the impact can go a lot deeper. You may not ever feel or act the way you once did. Family members may feel like you are a completely different person. You could look the same and fully recover physically, but they'll still feel like they don't know you.

Injured man may seek benefits from workers' compensation program

There is no work environment that can be controlled enough to prevent every accident. When one's working environment includes outdoor activities, then the possibility of a Tennessee worker suffering an on-the-job injury escalates due to the unpredictability of the actions of others. When an employee does suffer an illness or injury as a direct result of one's duties, then he or she may be entitled to file a claim for benefits from the state's workers' compensation program.

Recently, a crew of sanitation workers were engaged in servicing their regularly assigned route. Their team consisted of a 42-year-old female driver and two men, aged 30 and 40, who were assigned to the rear of the truck. As they were working along a section of their route shortly after 7 a.m., the men observed a vehicle approaching in a manner that would lead to a collision with their vehicle.

Proving that your hearing loss occurred at work

If you were hurt at work, the physical impact the injury had can help to prove the injuries that you suffered. For example, if you got your hand stuck in machinery, the harm to your hand can be quite easily attributed to the incident. However, in many cases, showing a causal link between degenerative issues such as the ability to hear can be more challenging.

If you have been involved in a work accident that you believe led to hearing loss, you may have a more challenging claim in regard to gaining workers' compensation than if you injured your hand, for example. You will likely need to undergo testing to pinpoint the extent and the type of hearing loss, and you will need to show that the hearing loss was, in fact, caused by the work incident.

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